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Cities Can Still Help Children and Families Get Health Insurance

February 23, 2015
This post originally appeared on the National League of Cities’ blog, CitiesSpeak . “It doesn’t matter why people don’t have insurance; what matters is that we help them get it.” -Valerie McDonald Roberts, City of Pittsburgh Although the 2015 deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare Marketplace has passed, there are still ways for children and families to get covered. Depending on household size and income, children and families may qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) , and enrollment for both programs is available...
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Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone sparks neighborhood-wide change

February 23, 2015
Tell us about the Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone and how it began. The Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone is a 3-year initiative funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to address the low rate of breastfeeding in the neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant and Brownsville. For over 10 years, District Public Health Offices (DPHOs) of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have been committed to engaging community members in a joint effort to improve the health and well-being of families in high-poverty...
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Mamatoto Village: building healthier communities through maternal health

February 23, 2015
Tell us about MamaToto Village and how it began. Mamatoto Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, devoted to creating career pathways for Women of Color in the field of Maternal Health; and empowering women with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions and choices in their maternity care, their parenting, and their lives. Our mission is two-fold: to provide complementary and low-cost maternity support services to women and their families during pregnancy through the first year of the child's life, and to facilitate the increase of qualified women of color serving in the...
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Extending Funding for CHIP in 2015 is Key to Sustaining Gains for Children

February 19, 2015
In a time of partisan inertia, heightened concern about income inequality and the welfare of children, and disagreement about the ability of government programs to address serious problems, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), enacted in 1997 by a Republican Congress and Democratic President, stands as an example of a government program which has proven to work and improve the lives of millions of low to moderate income children. In fact, a recent large-scale evaluation of CHIP found “CHIP to be successful in nearly every area examined. CHIP succeeded in expanding health insurance...
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When Less is More: Every Mom Deserves a Healthy Childbirth, Every Baby a Healthy Start

February 18, 2015
The road to a safe and healthy birth in our over-medicalized maternal care system can be like a drive through a foreign city without a map. Confronted with countless options for medical tests, treatments and other, often unnecessary, interventions, pregnant women may wonder which way to turn. Pathway to a Healthy Birth is a new guide to help women find their way.
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How Healthier Kids Can Mean More Money for Schools

February 18, 2015
If you’re a parent or caregiver of a school-aged child, you’re probably familiar with the question, “But do I have to go to school today ?” All kids, no matter how much they like school, sometimes want to spend the day doing other things. (I suppose we don’t really outgrow that urge…) But though they may have the occasional desire to play hooky, children typically don’t miss school by choice. For many students, school absences aren’t voluntary or sporadic – they are routine occurrences connected with more serious health conditions, and often poverty. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS...
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Jennie Joseph's JJ Way leads to better birth and breastfeeding outcomes

February 15, 2015
Tell us about your work and how it began. I was trained as a midwife in Great Britain in 1979 and moved to the United States in 1989. My experience has been quite diverse: European hospitals, American birth centers, clinics and homebirth environments. I’ve been instrumental in the regulation of Florida midwives since the 1990′s and have been involved in educating midwives since 1995. It took me a while to understand the history of midwifery in America and recognize the impact of the current maternity health care system on women and babies here. Having done extensive research and practical...
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Helping Mom and Baby Breastfeed

February 13, 2015
I have been educating and supporting mothers on breastfeeding since 1996. After having my first daughter Jaylin, I not only felt a connection between the two of us but also a connection to the experience of breastfeeding. It wasn’t until signing up for WIC services for my son in 2009, however, that I became aware of the “Wonderful World of Lactation” as a career. As a result of that encounter, I was connected with HealthConnect One to become trained as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (PC), and within two years of becoming a PC, I obtained my CLC certification. I have worked at multiple...
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Breastfeeding is Not a Private Issue

February 13, 2015
My name is Rosetta M. Walls and I’m a former Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with HealthConnect One . I inadvertently became a counselor by taking the class to find out how to get my “Boob-Head” son off my breast. He was a little over one years old and I was totally exhausted from nursing. Amazingly, by the time I completed this class and bonded with those wonderful mothers, I nursed him till two-and-half years old. It’s funny how you seek out something to end a journey only to discover another one that’s been awaiting you to embrace it. I knew this was the direction I was to undertake because I...
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Breastfeeding is Not a Private Issue

February 13, 2015
My name is Rosetta M. Walls and I’m a former Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with HealthConnect One . I inadvertently became a counselor by taking the class to find out how to get my “Boob-Head” son off my breast. He was a little over one years old and I was totally exhausted from nursing. Amazingly, by the time I completed this class and bonded with those wonderful mothers, I nursed him till two-and-half years old. It’s funny how you seek out something to end a journey only to discover another one that’s been awaiting you to embrace it. I knew this was the direction I was to undertake because I...
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